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Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. It developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, Hindu temples and spiritual beliefs, like all major classical dances of India.
Evidence of Kuchipudi’s existence in an older version are found in copper inscriptions of the 10th century, and by the 15th century in texts such as the Machupalli Kaifat.
Kuchipudi tradition holds that Tirtha Narayana Yati – a Hindu monk of Advaita Vedanta, and his disciple, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi, founded and systematized the modern version of Kuchipudi in the 17th century.
The Kuchipudi performance usually begins with an invocation. Then, each costumed actor is introduced one after the other, their role stated, and they then perform a short preliminary dance set to music.
Next, the performance presents pure dance (Nritya). This is followed by the expressive part of the performance (Nritya), where rhythmic hand gestures help convey the story.
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